The Vallet Family
Louis and Anthony Vallet
28 acres in AC Saint-Joseph: 25.5 acres of Syrah, 1.5 acres Marsanne, 1 acre Roussanne, and approximately 2.47 acres (one hectare) in Condrieu planted to Viognier. Méribets parcels consists of clay and granite sands over base of granite. Cime des Côtes parcel used for Cuvée Muletiers is degraded granite and granite sands on base of granite. The domaine’s Marsanne and Roussanne are planted in Les Rouasses which has high clay content, and the lieu-dit Les Côtes, which is predominantly schist.
Louis Vallet and his son Anthony preside over this small artisan domaine. In addition to carrying on a 150-year-old family wine growing tradition on the steep slopes of Saint-Joseph, the Vallets still farm cherry and apricot trees on the plateau below.
They tend a combined 30 acres of vines including parcels in four distinct terroir zones around Serrières, one of Saint-Joseph’s 26 communes located in the northern part of the 37 mile-long appellation. Anthony now calls the shots in both the vineyard and the cellar, but Dad is still a very active advisor.
The domaine produces three red wines from 100% Syrah, two limited-production white Saint Josephs, and a similarly limited quantity of Condrieu. The Saint-Joseph Cuvée des Muletiers is named for the men who used to transport wine up to market in St-Étienne by mule-drawn wagons. The Vallets push the envelope on ripeness with the domaine’s oldest vine parcel (planted in the 70s), do more punching down, and age Muletiers longer in barrel than their cuvée Méribets.